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Cancer Survivors

Did you know that having cancer can pose hidden consequences for the health of your bones?

Both the disease itself and some treatments to fight the cancer may increase bone loss, leading to osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures.

Fortunately, there are ways to limit bone loss and keep your bones healthy during and after cancer treatment.

You can monitor your bone density and fracture risk, which may be raised by certain types of cancer spreading to your bones.

You can talk to your doctor about medicines you’re taking. Some medications your doctor prescribes to fight cancer and other diseases can cause bone loss. Tests can determine whether your medication is the underlying cause.

You can take a blood test to check your vitamin D levels and take supplements if necessary. Many cancer patients suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

You can consult with your dentist to prevent complications that sometimes occur during dental procedures.

American Bone Health wants to educate and empower you to protect your bones just as aggressively as you fought cancer. You survived, and now you can thrive.

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What to know about bone health
and fracture prevention during COVID-19

  • Remove fall dangers in your home.
  • Stay physically active, and at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat for proper nutrition, and take a supplement if needed to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stick with your osteoporosis medicines and ask your doctor for extra if you’re unable to go to the pharmacy.
  • If you are due for Reclast, there is little concern about delaying for a few weeks or months.
  • If you take Prolia or Evenity injections, don’t miss your appointment.  Some facilities offer “drive-through” injections. Check with your doctor.
  • Bone density testing can be postponed, if necessary.
  • Speak with your doctor about the possibility of telephone and video visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page with steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching the virus if you have a chronic illness.

Be well. We are here for you if you have any questions.